Friday, 6 December 2013

20 Week Anomaly Pregnancy Scan



We had our 20 week anomaly scan on the 6th of December and in the run up to it I was so excited and eager to see baby Knott again. The closer we got to the actual date of the scan though, the more apprehensive I became.

I think it's because it's the scan where they check all the different parts of baby and make sure everything looks normal and is functioning correctly. 

Rather than focusing on the good parts of having the scan i.e. seeing baby Knott on the screen again, maybe finding out if it's a boy or girl etc, my brain just honed in on all the things that could go wrong - typical pessimist!

The scan lasted about 40 mins and we didn't get to go in till about 20 mins after our appointment time by which point I was bursting to pee after the 2 litres of water they tell you to drink!

The sonographer was great and really chatty. Talked us through everything she was looking at, zooming in on different parts of baby, explaining what things were and what she was checking. The only part she went quiet at was when she was checking the heart but she'd warned us she'd be quiet for a few mins so we were prepared. 

They take all sorts of measurements (measure legs, arms, head etc) and check all the vital organs and spine. She even managed to zoom in on baby's face which was amazing, although a bit spooky!

We were hoping to find out what we are having but unfortunately towards the end of the scan she spent ages looking at my placenta and eventually had to do an internal scan to check it as she suspected it was low lying. She did the internal scan and it confirmed it was low lying and touching my cervix. It meant that she forgot to go back and check the sex of the baby so couldn't really tell us for sure what we're having! But we weren't too bothered because as long as baby was looking healthy that's all that obviously mattered to us.

I have to have another scan to check at 36 weeks whether the placenta has moved up and we're planning on a private 4d scan anyway so hopefully we'll find out then!

I'll do a seperate lost on low lying placentas/placenta praveria once I've done some research.

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